Government ministers from Somaliland have thanked the people of Sheffield for recognising their nation’s right to be an independent state.
Several dignitaries from Somaliland attended a Sheffield Council meeting on Wednesday, where members passed a motion acknowledging Somaliland’s right to self-determination. Sheffield is the first city in the world to recognise this.
Mohamed Bihi Yonis, Somaliland’s foreign minister and the nation’s second most senior statesman after the president, said in the council chamber: “Somaliland is a peaceful, democratic nation, which has been striving to be recognised by the international community since declaring independence in 1991.
“Sheffield’s decision will help strengthen our campaign for recognition.”